Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Road Trip

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- road trip to see the Glow Worm caves of Te Anau

Our fabulous hosts in Queenstown (much love to you Mike and kat!), unfortunalty had at some point during our stay, to go back to work during the day leaving us to our own devices.  So on the spare of the moment we decided to take a drive down south to Te Anau, a sleepy little Township, on the tourist map for its Glow Worm Caves and its Milford Sound Trips. (both of which you leave for by boat from thier dainty pier).  Unfortunately we didnt have the time or money to embark on a trip to Milford Sound, shame as supposedly it is one of NZ's greatist sights.....next time!

Sadly we missed the afternoon trip and had to wait until 7.30pm to get on the boat and set off, by which time it was fiercely dark, hence us missing some stunning scenery on the boat journey on the way to the caves.  Not to worry though, as the short walk through the caves upon arrival well made up for it.  I have actually visited the waitomo caves on the north island, and I must admit that I was not as impressed by the Te Anau set up as that of the Waitomo....BUT  the surrounding scenary definately kicks arse, and I would recommend it either way.  Sitting on a boat, in pitch black darkness, being led by only tiny ropes tided into the rock face is quite an experience.....especially when greeting by the glow of thousands of glow worms! 

Te Anau, minus the caves is still worth the drive.  Its so remote, quaint, friendly...spectacular..........hang on a minute, I think ive just descibed every town in New Zealand.... lol   (true though!!!)

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